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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Four months ago, Ray Beshirs opened Rayâ€™s Diner in what has been fondly called the former A&W Restaurant.Since that point, Rayâ€™s Diner, located at 1617 North A Street, has built up a following for his noted southern home cooking.â€œWe serve chicken fried chicken, chicken fried steaks, angus burgers – everything is made from scratch,â€ Beshirs said. â€œWe have a large selection of breakfast items – it is a little bit of everything.â€â€œKind of like my motto said, if it tastes like home, you must be at Rayâ€™s.â€Beshirs, who said he has been in the restaurant business for several years, jumped at the chance to own the restaurant when he first heard about it.â€œIt has been a great town. I just love this town,â€ Beshirs said, who recently relocated from Newkirk, Okla.He said his restaurant will not serve all the A&W Restaurant favorites but he is bringing back Charlieâ€™s Cheese Fries – a hallmark of fries, chili and cheese.Last week, the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the new business. Rayâ€™s Diner is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. â€“ 9 p.m serving daily specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Â Call in orders always welcome: Â 620-326-3333.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Help wanted: Ray is in need of an experienced cook. Call him at Â 326-3333.Vivian McCulley is a former owner of A&W Restaurant. She is pictured with Ray Beshirs.
Worth Wright1 Butler2 Franklin4 Floyd1076 Deaths Hancock88680.73 Floyd891683.18 Mitchell66186.84 Mitchell76 Worth56 Floyd664138.32 Hancock476256.88 July case countCases before July 1New since July 1% since July 1 DES MOINES — Our north-central Iowa listening area has seen over 1000 cases of COVID-19 in the month of July, making for 55% of the total number of cases since the pandemic started.40 more cases of COVID-19 were reported in the listening area in the 24-hours leading up to 11 o’clock this morning, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. 18 of those cases were in Franklin County; six in Floyd; five in Cerro Gordo; four in Butler; two each in Hancock, Winnebago and Wright; and one in Kossuth.That brings the area’s overall total since the start of the pandemic to 1815 cases, with 1004 confirmed cases in the month of July.Cerro Gordo County has seen 567 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, but 82% of those, or 465 cases, were new since July 1st. Wright County has had 439 cases; Franklin 208; Hancock 109; Floyd 107; Butler 106; Kossuth and Mitchell each 76; Winnebago 71; and Worth 56.47 more people in the area have recovered, to bring the overall total to 1136, or 63%.Looking at the state numbers: 11 more people have died to bring the total to 865; 697 new cases were reported for a total now of 44,475; 762 more people have recovered to bring that total to 32,503, or 73%.Three long-term care facility outbreaks continue to be reported in our listening area. Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City reports 117 positive cases with 83 total recovered; the Sheffield Care Center reports 36 positive cases with 15 recovered; and the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton reports 28 cases with five recovered. Butler1064 RecoveredNew Recovered Franklin1191657.21 Franklin7713162.98 Area Total11364762.59 Mitchell294761.84 Cerro Gordo10246582.01 Wright3706915.72 Cerro Gordo220738.8 Kossuth324457.89 Floyd2 Area Total28 Hancock1092 Winnebago Wright38387.24 Winnebago3245.07 Kossuth Mitchell Hancock2 Winnebago264563.38 Area Total811100455.31 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Worth2137.5 Butler475955.66 Cerro Gordo17 Area Total181540 Worth154173.21 Butler8378.3 Kossuth35146.05 Wright4392 Franklin20818 Winnebago712 Kossuth761 Total % Recovered Cerro Gordo5675
At Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Books Criticized and Defended But No One Wants Book BanBy Muriel J. SmithRUMSON – After nearly three hours of comments, conclusions, expressions, and a few questions Board of Education President Lisa Waters referred the question of the controversial required reading list of books for junior and seniors at Rumson Fair Haven High school to the education committee and promised “this isn’t over, we’ll continue to talk.”At issue are whether “Cal,” by Bernard MacLaverty, and “Death and the Maiden” by Ariel Dorfman should be required reading for students in junior and senior English classes, over the objections of parents who find them too sexually charged, too deviant and too mature for teenagers. The matter was brought to the board by a petition circulated by parent Siobhan Hogan and her husband, and signed by more than 300 parents who called not for banning of the books but for more leeway in determining why they had to be required reading for all students and asking for alternatives if requested.Because of the anticipated turnout for the meeting scheduled in the auditorium rather than the library and, following the board’s written policy for meeting procedures, parents had the option of notifying the board in advance they wanted to speak at the first of two regularly held public sessions.Board policy limits the first session to 30 minutes, however, because of the interest and large attendance, the board unanimously agreed to alter the policy to allow that portion to remain open as long as necessary.With an estimated 200 parents, teachers, interested citizens and numerous students in attendance, the first public session got under way after three students were recognized for scholastic achievements, ten teachers were recognized for attaining tenure and a scheduled two minute video and program explaining the school’s Mindfulness program was presented by the program’s committee.Even a sudden blackout and loss of electricity while the third of several dozen speakers was at the podium did not disrupt the meeting.Opinions expressed during the sessions ranged from defending the books as presenting real life to students in a safe, unbiased setting and with explanations of difficult situations in the hands of professional teachers trained to deal with situations to concerns that parental rights to introduce their children to specific situations at their own speed and in their own way were being taken from them.Elise Lawless, mother of three sons, two of whom are at RFH and one in grammar school, asked for a change in the RFH student handbook if the books continue to be required. She noted that if students used the language they are forced to read for the class, or put the rape and sexual situations they are forced to read online or in a casual discussion, they would face discipline measures. She further questioned why the books have been on the reading list for so many years, and urged the board to realize “the curriculum needs to change with the times” and “there are loopholes” in the handbook standards.Hogan reiterated neither she nor any of the petition signers is calling to ban the books, but rather alternative selections for children whose parents do not think they are ready or object to the contents. She further noted that in addition to the more than 300 signatures, there were many more parents who object to the reading, but are fearful of retaliation on their children by faculty through a lack of scholastic recommendations, selection on sports teams or other action by faculty with opposing views.At the second public portion, Hogan conceded she agreed with some opinions expressed, but pleaded with the board to listen to the parents who are “begging for a choice.”One parent counted the number of offensive words and the number of times they were used; another, who was a PTA president in the 1970s, urged concerned parents not to get excited, another called for a balance, while another called for “a middle ground.”Dr. Tracy Handerhan, the mother of two, one a student at RFH, who has also been the RFH principal since 2007, gained both applause and mild criticism when she read a prepared statement in defense of the reading program.She also read excerpts from letters she received from numerous alumni from more than 30 years ago through 2015, conceding most were from graduates now in their 20s. The excerpts, the principal continued, show RFH graduates “prepared to tackle complex works and engage in scholarly dialogue.” And both their comments and the fact they have taken the time to respond to their high school’s current situation have left her proud, yet humbled.“We could easily find other works that illustrate theme, allegory, plot, mood, tone, etc.,” the principal said. “However, our English Program at RFH transcends literary devices, vocabulary, and grammatical structures… to prepare our students for a global society, it is incumbent… to provide students with a deep understanding of the political complexities of our modern world. Despite the state requirement of a World History course, I believe the state required core curriculum for Social Studies is inherently ethnocentric… Through readings and book selections within our humanities courses we begin to hone a more balanced perspective.”Pointing to the fact both books depict “political oppression,” is a universal theme pervasive in our modern world, she said. It is impossible to watch the evening news without an oppressive headline.” Handerhan cited specific illustrations within both books which she feels strongly make them an important part of the curriculum, and explained her contention that “we are morally obligated to present complex works that are attainable and speak to the human condition. The removal of ‘Cal’ and ‘Death and the Maiden’ would substantially hinder our school’s efforts in attaining our community-crafted mission of “empowering students to realize their personal potential and fulfill their responsibilities as members of a moral democracy.”While she was applauded, the principal was also taken to task by the parent who pointed out since the statement was written and prepared before the meeting, it was indicative that “no matter what we say, there will be no changes. It’s mindboggling.”But it was English department chair Jack Shea, the teacher who has been in the RFH system for many years, who gained the most attention when he read from his own prepared statement in defense of the curriculum and his faith in it and his staff in the English and Social Studies Department.He described the process used in selecting reading materials, citing that first a need is identified, either to replace an existing work, or to augment works currently studied in that course raise the bar. The need is discussed by himself and the instructional team and if agreed upon, potential literary texts are identified and a shared reading/review process is started. Works are selected by their literary and artistic excellence, educational value, and potential to support the established curriculum and the educational goals of the school. Consideration is given to timeliness of issues explored, contributions to multicultural awareness and diversity, and the text’s potential to enhance the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills of students. Research determines if the work has received favorable reviews from national organizations and appears in the curriculums of other competitive high schools; college board standards are considered along with the grade and maturity levels of the students reading the text.Shea noted that Shakespeare has been viewed as a controversial playwright in some quarters, and he cited this school district’s not only defense but inclusion of Moisés Kauffman’s The Laramie Project, in the curriculum in another recent activity.That play, which focuses on the murder of a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was blocked by another County high school principal because of explicit themes and strong language which that principal felt had the potential to cause undue disturbance for the school and the community. Shea and Handerhan discussed the ban and the response it generated at all levels, proposed it, along with their reasons for supporting it to the Education Committee and confirmed their own professional capacity to carefully guide students through material that might be disturbing to some. The Education Committee agreed with the rationale and approved the curriculum.In a similar way, the two books currently being cited, Shea continued, “discuss truth of the human world, and “what better way to discuss it but in the classroom with well-trained, well-educated, sensitive teachers…?”Both books star ted as summer reading selections in their longstanding histories at RFH, he continued, and the fact they are now established, common texts across grade levels “speaks to the merit of these literary works.”Related Story, Oct. 10: RFH Parents Challenge Required Reading as Appropriate
Zach Perehudoff took the loss in goal for the Hawks.Riders, Rockets all square entering Game threeDerek Chudyk scored the game winner in the first period as Fernie bounced back to edge Golden 3-1 Wednesday in the East Kootenay City.Ben Primeau and Tyler Gonzales into an empty net also scored for the Riders.Josh Jewell had the lone marker for Golden.Games three and four go Friday and Saturday in Golden. Defence has been the hallmark for success of the Castlegar Rebels all season long.The Rebs turned the thumbscrews down on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks offence, holding the high flyers to one goal en route to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory Thursday night in Fruitvale.The game’s third star, Castlegar netminder Jordan Gluck, allowed a single goal to Ryan Edwards as the current KIJHL regular season champs regained the advantage in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final.Castlegar leads the series 2-1 with Game four Friday in Fruitvale. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.Following a scoreless first period, Edwards opened the scoring on the power play just over two minutes into the second frame.Erik Alden tied the game six minutes later before Jamie Vlanich scored the eventual winner late in the middle frame.The Rebels then took to the checking strategy to completely shutdown the Hawks offence.Beaver Valley finished the game out shooting Castlegar 29-27 to make a winner out of Gluck.
He was a must-read columnist when any important sporting event took place in Conway or anywhere in Arkansas, but he was just as adept about taking a small, non-descript event or game and making it read like it was the Super Bowl. His credits go beyond the sports pages and his bylines include stories from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s campaign and inauguration, and the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in 1973 between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. McCollum’s nomination for the award reads in part:No one had their finger on the pulse of UCA Athletics like David McCollum. Whether you agreed or disagreed with his stance or his take on an event, deep down you knew he was probably right. He had a writing style and way of explaining things that made them make sense to a wide variety of readers, not just sports fans. McCollum worked for the Memphis Press-Scimitar, the Orange Leader (Orange, Texas), and the Arkansas Democrat (Little Rock, Ark), before moving on to the Log Cabin Democrat. FRISCO, Texas – Former sports editor and columnist for the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper (Conway, Ark.) David MCollum is the 2018 Southland Conference Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award winner. League commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Monday. Louis Bonnette was the first honoree in 2012. Bonnette enjoyed a storied career as the first McNeese SID, holding the position for 46 years. As SID, he boasted a national record of 516 consecutive Cowboy football games worked. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2007 and the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 2009. The accolade, named after longtime McNeese sports information director Louis Bonnette, is presented annually to an individual that has made outstanding contributions in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference and/or its member institutions. The Southland’s sports information directors, athletic directors and other university personnel, and outside media executives nominate individuals for the award, and the sports information directors make the final selection. McCollum will be the seventh recipient of the award. Previous winners include: Former Lamar play-by-play voice and TV personality Dave Hofferth (2017); Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Doug Ireland (2016); former Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, Texas) Sports Editor Kevin Gore (2015); retired Sam Houston State Sports Information Director Paul Ridings (2014); southeast Texas sports journalist and retired Lamar Sports Information Director Rush Wood (2013). McCollum passed away in April after a prolific journalism career that spanned five decades. Burnett will present the award to McCollum’s wife Beverly in Houston on Thursday as part of the league’s Football Media Day. The McCollums’ son Gavin will also participate. “David was synonymous with Central Arkansas sports,” said Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague. “His consistent presence at our events will surely be missed. David was an advocate for all things UCA and we will miss him dearly.” “All of us in the Southland Conference are honored to present the Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award to the McCollum family in David’s memory,” said Burnett said. “He was a friend to everyone he met and was one of the finest professional journalists in our region. While he is missed by so many of us, we are pleased his name will live on with the Bonnette Award.”McCollum was inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2012. He was named Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year in 2008 by the National Association of Sportscasters & Sportswriters. McCollum was an active board member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame for more than 20 years. Last year, McCollum was recognized by the Arkansas Press Association with the “Golden 50 Award” for his 50th year in the newspaper business. Any sports figure that was anyone in the state of Arkansas has been interviewed by David McCollum at some point in their careers, and 99.9% of them would tell you they are better for it. He never met a stranger, never raised his voice or said an unkind word about anyone. He was a bastion in his church work at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock for the past 40 years but you would never have known it because he didn’t wear it on his sleeve. He did that, along with charity work and community service, on the side, away from the spotlight. He was more concerned with putting the spotlight on some young athlete who was trying to make a name for himself or herself, or a coach who was mentoring his players in the right way, or a team that was helping a community baseball team build their new field, or an injured athlete who was no longer able to compete but was still a big part of his/her team from the sidelines.
The last of them is in his fair game, remaining without expulsions since his birth in 2016. “It is something incredible, that we get to be in this situation enjoying as we are enjoying and having the recognition of football from all over the country“highlighted the Blue and Whites’ coach at a virtual press conference.However, it is not the only team of the highest category that keeps its red record blank. They accompany him in the award for fair play Barça, Levante, Athletic, Real Sociedad, Tacon or Betis. Within the discipline statistics, Depor is the fourth team in the League with the fewest yellows (27) after Levante (25), Real Sociedad (21) and Barça (18). The Galicians have managed to sneak into the greats even in this ranking. Deportivo has become one of the successful examples of Spanish women’s football. The Galician team, recently promoted to the First Iberdrola, has managed to surprise everyone with its great performance on green. With a fourth position in the classification and a good image given in the Cup, where he touched the feat against Barça (1-0, with a goal in the last minute of extra time), those of Manu Sánchez do not stop beating records in this category.
The four persons who have been accused of the execution-style killing of domestic worker Lelawattie Mohamed at her Lot 149, Sixth Street, Tain Settlement, Corentyne Berbice home on February 7, 2017 will now face a Judge and jury to answer the capital indictment.At conclusion of the preliminary inquiry in the Berbice High Court on Thursday, November 29, Magistrate Charlene Artiga committed Tain residents Oliver Permaul, 36, and his wife Nazeema Permaul, 42; Andre James, also called ‘Andy’, 26, a tattoo artist of Lot 46 ‘A’ George Street, Rose Hall Town; and Rohan Johnson, 38, a carpenter of Clarendon, Jamaica and of Lot 107 Second Street, Rose Hall Town.The shooting, witnessed by the woman’s children, reportedly appeared to have been committed during the commission of a robbery.It has been reported that the late Lelawattie Mohamed had been having an affair with a businessman, but after his wife found out, she allegedly ordered a “hit” on Mohamed.It has further been reported that the said businesswoman was in a relationship with Permaul, who operates his barbershop opposite her home at Tain, Corentyne. Johnson and James were reportedly the hired “hit men”.Nazeema Permaul allegedly assisted in planning the murder, and also allegedly acted as the agent who handed over the cash to the ‘hit men’.On September 24, a fifth accused — Shabikie Albert, also called ‘Shabikie Thompson’ — was freed of this indictment by Magistrate Artiga.During the preliminary inquiry, the Permauls were represented by Attorney- at-Law Mursaline Bacchus, while Attorney-at-Law Benard DeSantos represented James, and Attorney-at-Law Moti Singh represented Johnson.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Petro-Canada stations across the country now running out of fuel, Petro-Canada released an update on the situation over the weekend.In the update, the company apologizes for the situation and vows to correct the problem as soon as possible.“We wanted to update you on the temporary fuel shortage at Petro-Canada stations in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and interior BC. The fires in the Fort McMurray area as well as an unplanned outage at our Edmonton refinery means that we’ve had an unavoidable impact on our ability to produce and supply our normal volume of gasoline and diesel.This is what we are doing to improve the situation:bringing in additional supply for our Edmonton refineryrestarting our oil sands operations in a safe and staged mannerbringing in additional gasoline from other parts of our network via truck and rail as quickly as possibleworking to bring the affected unit back into service safely and as quickly as possibleWe apologize for the inconvenience. We are continuing to look for solutions to limit the impact to our customers. Thank you for your patience.”The Petro-Canada in Fort St. John is displaying zeros, as they have run out of gas.Advertisement – Advertisement –
“He’s done,” Manager Pete Mackanin said before the opener of a four-game series at San Francisco. “It’s a season-ending injury, but it could have been worse. It’s not the worst-case scenario, so we’re happy about that.” Griffey hit .277 this year with 30 homers and 93 RBIs, playing 144 games – his highest total since 2000. He was an All-Star for the first time since ’04 and 13th time overall, and he moved up to sixth on the career homer list with 593. The 37-year-old Griffey has been on the disabled list eight times since 2000, missing nearly a month early in the 2006 season because of swelling behind his right knee and sitting out 22 of the last 24 games after dislocating a toe. His playing time also has been limited by torn hamstrings, a torn knee tendon, a dislocated shoulder and a torn ankle tendon. He broke his left hand in an accident at home last December. Sosa wants to play in ’08 From news services Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a strained groin, the latest in a string of injuries to Cincinnati’s All-Star outfielder. Griffey left Wednesday night’s game with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning after injuring himself while fielding a ball in right field. As he started to make a throw, Griffey stopped in pain and had to underhand the ball back to the infield before falling to the ground. The Reds originally announced the injury as a strained lower abdomen, and Griffey returned to Cincinnati be examined. On Thursday, the team said he was diagnosed with a groin strain and will be examined again in four weeks. Sammy Sosa expects to play again in 2008. He would like it to be with Texas, even though he’s been only a part-time player since the start of August. Manager Ron Washington indicated this week that he’d like to have Sosa, 38, back next season, though he didn’t say in what role. The Rangers signed Sosa only through this season, initially giving him a minor league deal before he made the roster in spring training for a base salary of $600,000. After the July 31 trade deadline, the Rangers told Sosa his time would be limited while they played and evaluated younger players. Sosa had played in only 23 of the last 46 games going into Thursday night’s game against Baltimore, when he wasn’t in the starting lineup. He hit .315 (23-for-73) with four homers and 20 RBIs in that stretch. He was tied with Brad Wilkerson for the team high with 20 homers and leading Texas with 90 RBIs. Astros hire Wade as GM Ed Wade was hired as general manager of the Houston Astros, two years after the Philadelphia Phillies fired him as GM following eight seasons without a playoff appearance. Around the leagues Braves: Rafael Soriano was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball, three days after he hit Florida’s Dan Uggla with a pitch. Orioles: Jay Payton was suspended two games by MLB for throwing his bat and helmet after he was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Mike Reilly following a strikeout the previous night. Blue Jays: Center fielder Vernon Wells will have season-ending surgery Tuesday for a cyst and torn labrum in his left shoulder. Toronto expects Wells to be ready for the start of spring training. Brewers: Ben Sheets is questionable for his next start Sunday because of an injured left hamstring. Red Sox: Former outfielder Gabe Kapler, who spent the past season managing in Boston’s minor league system, will try to resume his playing career in the majors in 2008. “Managing was incredible for me this year,” said the 32-year-old, who managed single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. “I learned so much about baseball, about the young men I had an opportunity to lead, and about myself. Ultimately, the experience reawakened the competitor in me. I miss the battle. I still need to be on the field as a player.” Kapler played in the major leagues from 1998-2006 with Detroit, Texas, Colorado, and Boston, hitting .264 with 64 homers and 302 RBIs in 850 games. Reds: Cincinnati’s protest of its 7-6 loss against the Chicago Cubs this week was denied by Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer. The Reds claimed Chicago manager Lou Piniella made a double switch against the rules in the sixth inning because he did not inform the plate umpire before crossing the foul line. Rick Reed, the plate umpire and crew chief, said Piniella wasn’t required to announce a double switch before crossing the foul line because it was the team’s first trip to the mound for that pitcher that inning. That meant the pitcher wasn’t automatically out of the game when the foul line was crossed by Piniella.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!